After the break, we replay the weird moment when Bobby Jon and Steph emerged at the ruins, and then we come back to the reunion, where Jeff reminds those viewers who are watching the reunion special in spite of having seen none of the actual show all season that this inclusion of past survivors was the "twist." Jeff continues to insist, despite the total lack of evidence that this is the way anyone else analyzed the situation, that the other people had to decide whether it was better to keep those two because they had experience in the game, or to boot them because they were threats. So, Jeff says to Steph, knowing she came in as a target, how did that affect her strategy? Steph says that she didn't expect to get very far anyway, so she just wanted to get "sort of far." She says that she decided to take a leadership position, figuring she'd definitely be booted otherwise, and to get herself into a good alliance. Which, she points out, she did. Jeff asks about the fact that she was "sort of the sweetheart" in Palau, and says that it's a hard expectation to live up to. Steph bumbles the question by repeating what Jeff said, which results in her referring to herself as "America's sweetheart." Which you cannot do, unless you are sarcastically referring to your tendency to snap at people and swear, like I would be. Fuck you! I am America's Sweetheart! She says that, for Guatemala, she didn't want to come in seventh, so she knew she was going to have to go at the game hard. She also insists that there has been no abrupt change of personality -- she's the same person she was when she played the first time, even if people saw a different side of her on this occasion. She says that if you had two impressions of her, you'd have to smush them together to get a realistic understanding of who she really is. She insists that she's "a nice person," but that the game is full of difficult decisions.
Jeff asks Steph if she thought she could win, given the sourness of at least Judd, Jamie, and Cindy, all of whom blamed Steph for booting them. Steph says she realized somewhere along the line that her "second chance" status alone made it very unlikely that anyone was going to vote for her. This, she realized, was one of the reasons it was good strategy for other people to take her to the end. She also points out again, quite correctly, that she and Rafe played precisely the same game, and that it's kind of weird that Rafe might have won and she definitely wouldn't have. It's interesting that in all of his abstract moralizing, Rafe has managed to avoid this fact -- that he basically managed to avoid responsibility in anyone's eyes for the things he did out of self-interest, because he deflected the blame onto Steph. It's a perfectly good strategy -- it's the Amber strategy, really -- but it doesn't exactly make you a person of unblemished virtue so much as a very lucky and artful dodger.